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Williams-Sonoma Comfort Food: Warm and Homey, Rich and Hearty Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes aren't too hard and the pictures are amazing and so plentiful. You really get a good idea of how the dishes will turn out.
I've started on page one and I'm cooking my way through the book. Goodness, maybe I should do a blog and then it could become a best picture nominee! Yea, right.
The cookbook is good for the beginning cook all the way to the more seasoned cook. I highly recommend purchasing the book and getting back to recipes that mom and dad used to make. This W-S recipe book rocks!
I waited though until I tested a few recipes before I wrote this review, but thus far I've successfully made the Spaghetti & Meatballs, Smothered Pork Chop, Roast Lemon Chicken, Old-Fashion Potato Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, and the Devil's Food Cake and all were not only delicious, but also looked incredibly attractive, PLUS the recipes were pretty much exactly to the ingredients/instructions they provide!
This book is good for beginners (easy instructions, plus the ingredients are simple and readily available) but also for the seasoned home-chef, as they relive many of these old favourites that go down well with any sort of company or family occasions.
Just one quick note: there aren't any salads featured in the sides area which was a little surprising, but then I suppose it's "comfort" food, so I should not really have expected anything suitable for a slimmer variety. I have admittedly though limited a little of the butter or oil in a few recipes, but you can do that easily without spoiling any of the quality.
Overall, the beautiful pictures, easy instructions and ingredients, and pleasant personal descriptions from the author (giving a little side-note, variant, or history to the recipes) make this a fantastic purchase or a gorgeous gift to a enthusiastic or seasoned cook!
The book is divided into 5 main sections - Rise and Shine, Midday Meals, Suppertime, On the Side, and Something Sweet. An index of recipes can be found towards the back as well as several base recipes for cooking essentials (stocks, marinara sauce, mayonnaise, pizza dough, etc.). I've only tried a handful of recipes so far, mostly the sides and one dessert, but I think several of the suppertime recipes will be tasted and tested in my household before the end of winter. The book is well presented and would be an excellent addition in any active home cook's collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book to have. I have used it on several occasions and would miss it if I lost it. Add it to your library you will not regret it.Published 5 months ago by D. Dennis
Williams-Sonoma always has the best recipes. I can never go wrong with any of their recipes they are always easy and a success.Published 6 months ago by janet
Powell's always delivers in excellent condition exactly as described. I have counted on Powell's for over 10 years to accurately describe their books and stand by their word. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Constance Osborne
William Sonoma does wonderful cookbooks. This one was filled with dishes I had forgotten about and the pictures are so well done. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susi
My husband wanted to know how this mom's dishes were made. He's willing ready to try it!Published 16 months ago by Dianne Lee